Mariah Carey isn’t the only “Queen of Christmas” walking around. Per the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the pop star’s application to trademark the phrase, which would have allowed her to stop others from using the “Queen of Christmas” title. Carey’s company, Lotion LLC, applied for the trademark last year, seeking to add the name on everything: from albums to perfume to even dog leashes
Another musician — also from New York — Elizabeth Chan, filed an opposition in August to stop that from happening. Chan claims that she has been called “The Queen Of Christmas” for years, even releasing a Christmas album last year titled The Queen of Christmas. She has recorded Christmas music for more than a decade and was worried Carey could sue her if the pop star was granted the trademark.
On Tuesday (November 15), the Patent and Trademark Office said Carey’s company didn’t respond to Chan’s opposition and Carey wouldn’t get the trademark. “I’m so happy,” Chan said. “It’s my life’s work.”
“This is the right result,” her lawyer, Louis Tompros, said. “If Mariah’s team had any answer to the opposition that we made, they would have made it, but the fact of the matter is, she’s not entitled to a trademark on Queen of Christmas.” The trademark office didn’t grant two other related trademarks that Carey had requested: “Princess Christmas” and “QOC,” the acronym for Queen of Christmas.